Avantika Mehta

Avantika Mehta

Editor, Pyjama People

Avantika Mehta used to be a lawyer, resident Blue Frog party freak and proud wearer of harem pants curated from Kasol. Then she became a writer and it all went downhill. Famous Scottish journalists have been known to call her ‘a volatile woman.’

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The Silent B in LGBT

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About twelve years old, with my first reference to hostility towards gays coming from a Sweet Valley High novel, confused I asked my mom, “Why are they all so worried about this boy being happy?” You see I was a child who read SVH on the toilet seat and devoured romantic poets in the sheets. My mother explained that the word gay had two connotations: …

10 Must-Read Books about Violence Against Women

10 Must-Read Books about Violence Against Women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. We thought the best way to celebrate it would be to put together a list of books that inform and educate about the prevelance and repercussions of violence against women. Take a look: The Courage to Heal – Third Edition – Revised and Expanded: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse …

Closets of New Delhi: A real life playground, Kriti Tula’s doodled cupboard

Kriti Tula started her design firm Doodlage in 2012. Her brand’s aesthetic is childlike and ethical at the same time. The Doodlage team are India’s first designer dumpster divers. They collect katrans of beautiful cloth from other houses who would have otherwise thrown them away. Kriti takes what was fashion waste and makes it something fun.     Every piece is slightly different, because, well, it’s hard to find identical …

#PyjamaLoves: These Five Estée Lauder products from Nykaa

Estée Lauder is legit selling in India and at Nykaa for the first time. The brand is synomous with high performing products, but as the Smith said (kinda) some girls (skincare products) are better than others. Here are some tried and tested Estée that we think are simple beyond. Idealist Pore Minimizing Skin Refinisher Of all the beauty potions this iconic brand has produced, this is the …

Closets of New Delhi: the artistic, detailed style of colourist Tanya Goel

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Colourist/ ˈkʌlərɪst An artist who use colour who uses colour in a unique and stylish way. That’s a pretty accurate description of Tanya Goel’s work — she was lauded for her first and second exhibitions. It is also an apt way to describe her style, of which the beautiful artist has plenty! While she’s working on her third exhibition at present, Tanya invited us Pyjamas over …

Closets of New Delhi: The transitionally traditional style of THOT’s co-founder Manisha Prakash

One of  two amazing ladies who co-founded The House Of Things, an online platform that curates beautiful art in all forms, Manisha Prakash is a tall glass of glamour. She lives between Delhi and Udaipur. We spent a day perusing through her fabulous Delhi apartment and wardrobe, which she shares with her boyfriend Akhil. Work Mode Manisha  Always on the move and in meetings, Manisha likes …

#PyjamaReviews: The Reverie Box

Simple Jute packaging and an organic cardboard box are perfect metaphors for Reverie box’s style and curation.   I received and tried: Mia Rose petal scrub I mixed the powder with my Ayca tea tree aloe gel. The result was a soft, sweet smelling massage that my face didn’t want to stop getting. Suddenly, I saw the appeal of long-ass Korean beauty routines, but only if they …

5 Under Rs 5000: Designer Dresses, Dreamy Prices

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The Diwali Bonus just kicked in and you’re like: But, no saving is as much fun as “investing” in designer clothing. Trust. These five dreamy deals on dashing dresses, all under Rs 5000, are what we are currently coveting. After all, no one ever said mo’ dresses mo’ problems, amirite?   Long Legs by Runaway Bicycle Damage to wallet: INR 4,800 Style tip: Contrast the earthy …

Meet Babbu The Painter: Mindy Kaling’s new favourite artist

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The first thing you gotta know about Babneet Lakhesar aka Babbu the Painter is that she’s a self-confessed shithead and Bollywood junkie. A child of a Rajasthani father and Punjabi mother, the 22-year-old artist was born in Bhatinda. Though, she moved to Canada when she was seven, her mixed Indian heritage is definitely a massive influence on her art. ON BEING FEATURED ON THE MINDY KALING PROJECT …